Social and Moral Development
August 5, 2013
Despite the fact that every child is unique in their own way, each child undergoes the experience of various stages of social and moral development from infancy through adolescence. During the course of a child’s life there are numerous stages of social and moral development the child experiences. Those said stages include; infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, early adolescence, and late adolescence. Infancy is the stage at which the child's life begins from birth and continues on through the age of two. Within this stage the infant progress socially and morally. At birth, infants are fast learners. From birth babies begin to understand that individuals are not non-living things. During the course of the infancy stage the child becomes gradually mindful of their feelings and beliefs. In addition, the child is also aware of others “intentional focus and emotions” who surround them (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2004). The child then recognizes how their actions affect those who surround them. The child then becomes familiar with what action causes certain those around them to react and get their attention. Infancy sets the foundation for early childhood, and it is the opening of social and moral development, as well as emotional. Two years of age on down to the age of six years is considered early childhood. In the course of this time frame the child has progressed tremendously. The child has then begun to pick up on certain words and use them in sentences as best they can. Even though the child is alert of what is taking place around them, they don’t really have a full understanding of their own ability to think. At times the child may be under the impression that others are feeling the same way as them. The child then began to recognize what is to come in the up and coming years of middle childhood as well as the parents. Middle childhood includes children between the ages...
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